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Are you looking to inspire your kids do hard things, push their limits, and try something new? How about giving them chances to be independent and problem solve on their own?
Well then you certainly should sign them up for the Kids Adventure Games.
This race is often referred to as “the coolest kids adventure-obstacle race on the planet”. As they put it:
“The intent of the Kids Adventure Games™ is to be challenged yet have fun, be determined, develop good character, sportsmanship, teamwork, build grit and resiliency, be able to think on your feet and finish the day with a smile. What the Kids Adventure Games™ creates is an exceptional kid’s event with far reaching, lifelong lessons.”
In this age of helicopter parents, experiences like this are exactly what our kids need. Actually, they are exactly what we as parents need our kids to have to help us realize that they are so much more capable than we often give them credit for.
I completely saw this as our oldest, Mason participated in the Kids Adventure Games at Snowbird last week. He declared it “the coolest day ever!”
Over the course of roughly 2 hours he and his teammate got the chance to climb, mountain bike, navigate, scramble, and so much more all over the mountain. Parents can observe the race at a few points but they are instructed to avoid telling kids what to do or giving lots of tips. Instead, the race is staffed by an incredible team of volunteers (many are parents) who oversee the safety of the course and give kids a few ideas to problem solve if they get stuck. The result? Kids who are empowered to think and act on their own and do really difficult things.
While the thought of sending young kids out there on their own to do such adventurous and sometimes dangerous activities, the Kids Adventure Games works hard to ensure that safety is the #1 priority. Often, the parents are much more nervous about the challenges than the kids. To help improve participants comfort with some of the challenges, they also operate optional skills clinics before the race. These clinics help kids get comfortable with the idea of adventure racing, and give them tips on things that will improve their skills in areas like mountain biking or rock climbing. Mason participated in the clinic and while I don’t think he learned any earth shattering skills, his confidence was significantly boosted just by participating (and eliminated a lot of his fears about the race).
At the end of the day, Mason couldn’t wait to tell everyone about how great the race was, though his huge smile could have done all the talking for him. He’s planning on being back next year, as is Chloe who will be old enough to participate next summer.
Open to kids ages 6-14
Races at Squaw Valley, Mammoth, Vail, Snowshoe Mountain, Big Sky, Sun Valley, Trapp Family Lodge, and Snowbird.
Cost: $150 per team
Skills Clinic $55 per person